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Looks like the "iWatch" is going to be a real thing after all. After more than a year of speculation and occasionally outlandish rumors, Apple is apparently going to start production on the fabled device next month, reports Reuters. Allegedly, we'll actually see it in October. Based on the additional information in the report, the device will look only slightly like some of the more popular works of concept art we've seen.
It's big, for one, and the watch face itself is said to protrude a bit from the band. It'll also allegedly sport a 2.5-inch curved screen (measured diagonally) that's "slightly rectangular." That's a massive increase over initial rumors that claimed we'd see something closer to 1.5 inches — although the word "diagonally" might be the key—and a few enterprising souls have already attempted to show what the device might look like on our wrists. Right now, most of these are (ahem) crude but effective. Over at MacRumors, instance, forum user Lewis Dorigo created a speculative iWatch screen and taped the thing to his arm (below).
The report adds validity to other rumors, as it claims that the device supports touchscreen technology and recharges wirelessly. Reuters claims that Apple wants to ship 50 million units during the first year of sales, but already commentators are expressing concern that the number is far too high for a new, untested product. In all of 2013, after all, Apple "only" sold 70 million iPads.
The device is also expected to feature a number of sensors for measuring the wearer's heart rate, blood pressure, and the like. The report claims that Quanta should end up handling around 70 percent of the assembly, while the displays will be entirely supplied by LG.
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